Gosport boxer Brad is following in his grandad’s footsteps

Bradley Sullivan, 17, with his grandmother Wendy Sullivan ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151991-6023)

Bradley Sullivan, 17, with his grandmother Wendy Sullivan ''Picture: Sarah Standing (151991-6023)

  • Teenager Brad was inspired to start boxing by his grandad John
  • For the last nine years, he has been winning matches and won on Thursday night in front of 550 people
  • His grandma Wendy said she is proud of what he’s achieved
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BOXER Bradley Sullivan is following in his late grandad’s footsteps in getting in the ring.

The 16-year-old has been boxing for nine years and wants to be a champion like his grandad John was in the 1940s.

John Sullivan, left, during one of his boxing matches

John Sullivan, left, during one of his boxing matches

And on Thursday, he won a match in front of 550 people at HMS Sultan, the biggest crowd he has fought in front of.

For the fight, he wore an outfit exactly the same as the one his grandad used to wear during fights. And his grandma Wendy could not be more proud of him.

‘It is wonderful that Brad is boxing like John used to,’ said the 79-year-old, from Gosport.

‘We never pushed him into it. It was just something he wanted to do.

I think it is wonderful that Brad is boxing like John used to

Wendy Sullivan

‘I am so proud of him and I know John would be too.’

Brad’s older brother Jordan also boxes for the Royal Navy and Wendy says she can see her husband in both of them when they fight.

She added: ‘Their mum and I are definitely their biggest fans.

‘When they started winning trophies, I was so proud of them.’

Boxing took John all over the country and he also fought at the Connaught Drill Hall, in Portsmouth.

He was asked to go professional but chose to stay home with his family.

‘He had the talent to become a great fighter,’ said Wendy.

‘But he decided to stay with us in Gosport.’

Bradley is a member of the Gosport Boxing Club and joined after having a try at the sport at an event at Walpole Park.

Since then, he has remained dedicated, wanting to win as many matches as possible.

He said: ‘I want to be as good as my grandad was.

‘I think he would be proud of me and what I have achieved so far.

‘Whenever me or Jordan fight, we always say we can feel him there, cheering us on.

‘I definitely want to carry on with it long-term.’

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